The Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures include some of the foremost voices on a new economics.
The Right Livelihood Award, known as "the Alternative Nobel Prize," was set up in 1980 "to honor and support those working on practical solutions to the most urgent challenges facing us today." Von Uexkull describes the Award and many of its recipients, including workers for human rights and justice, for environmental protection and spiritual regeneration. The Award is one of a number of initiatives launched by von Uexkull, who believes that the only solution to today's environmental, economic, and social ills is to "set up shadow institutions, in order to create a new and alternative mainstream and to give it as much energy and standing as possible." He concludes with an appeal to "create the foundations for a sustainable world order without delay" and a proposal for a democratically elected People's Council for Global Sustainability.